Columbia College Chicago

Summer Programs

Discover Summer at Sherwood! In addition to our usual assortment of class offerings, we also offer several great summer programs for kids that are not to be missed.

Zoo Moves

Ages 4-5

Did you know that monkeys, penguins and cockatoos can dance? Here’s your chance to move like the animals! In this class, we will experience the joys of creative movement as we explore elements like rhythm, shape, and space. Together, we’ll play fun games and activities, and learn basic dance concepts that will be showcased in a choreographed piece for friends and family at the end of the week. No experience is necessary to participate, but comfortable clothing and bare feet are required.

July 6-10, 2015, 9:00-11:30 am l $175

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Sing 'n Strum

ages 4-5

The ukulele is a fun instrument for little strummers, and a week is the perfect amount of time to begin learning how to play it! In this class, we’ll sing songs, play musical games and learn about all the beautiful sounds the ukulele can make. Songs will be drawn from American folk and roots, traditional Hawaiian and childhood favorites. No experience is necessary to participate, and each child will take care of her/his very own ukulele. You can purchase a ukulele in the color of your choice, or bring your own.

July 13-17, 2015, 9:00-11:30 am l $175

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Toy Theatre

Ages 6-8

How did we tell stories at home before television? With paper puppets in cardboard boxes, of course! The tradition of toy theatre comes alive in this class dedicated to the most two-dimensional of wonders. The most fantastic stories will be related through the cheapest and most recyclable means. Each child will take part in the group process of writing, designing and performing in a toy theatre play, complete with live musical accompaniment. Come master this most diminutive and delightful form of entertainment!

July 20-24, 2015, 9:00-11:30 am l $175

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Ukulele Adventures

Ages 6-8

In this ensemble-based class, we'll learn how to strum and play a variety of songs and styles while exploring the diverse musical traditions of our very own city! Each day will be focused on a different ukulele artist from the Chicago area. No experience is necessary, and each child will take care of her/his very own ukulele. You can purchase a ukulele in the color of your choice, or bring your own.

July 13-17, 2015, 1:00-3:30 pm l $175

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Pivots and Pirouettes

Ages 6-8

Pivots and Pirouettes is a dance camp that introduces kids to the beginning foundations of ballet and jazz technique in a fun, exploratory and nurturing environment. Budding dancers will build coordination, flexibility and movement, and explore the exciting ballet and jazz history that our city has to offer! Students will be working throughout the week to curate a performance for family and friends on the last day of camp.

July 6-10, 2015, 1:00-3:30 pm l $175

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Make a Play

Ages 6-8

This class is for the budding playwright, storyteller, creative mover or imaginative genius. Together we will write and perform a play on a topic of our choosing. Using physical theater games, writing exercises and group play, students will discover their very own collaborative story and perform it together on stage for a live audience.

July 27-31, 2015, 9:00-11:30 am l $175

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4 - 12

Registration will be opening soon!

July 11-15, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
*Ages 4-5 have the option to participate in a half day vesion of the camp, from 9 am-12 pm

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its seventh year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will offer your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Classes will include:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Intermediate violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, Large group & Eurythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

The Suzuki String Camp will culminate in a final concert on the afternoon of Friday, July 15th.

String Camp Faculty
Martine Benmann
Marija Bubanj
Emilia Blaszak
Kelly Larson
Erica Lessie
Melissa Padgett
Kristern Regester
Nobuaki (Aki) Tanaka

Tuition and Registration
4-12 year olds: Tuition is $500 for the week. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the camp.
4-5 year olds (optional): Tuition for the optional 1/2 day camp is $300 for the week. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the 1/2 day camp.
Financial aid available.

For more questions about the Summer String Camp, please contact Aki Tanaka at

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ArtStart Summer Arts Camp

Ages 7-14

Tap into your child's creative potential this summer! ArtStart Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College Chicago is an immersive and fun arts experience for ages 7-14. Classes take place on Columbia's South Loop campus and include Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music and Dance.

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